Wherever I am, the world comes after me.
It offers me its busyness. It does not believe that I do not want it.
Now I understand 
why the old poets of China went so far
and high 
into the mountains, then crept into the pale mist.
"The Old Poets of China" by Mary Oliver

The UP Asian Center will host a lecture-exhibit a lecture-exhibit, “Sitano Langon: Mga Kwento ng Marawi,” on 6 December 2019, 1–5 pm, at the UP Asian Center, QC. The event is free and open to the public. Seating is first-come, first served. Walk ins are welcome, but participants are encouraged to sign up.


Sitano Langon (Tayong Lahat)

"Sitano langon" is Maranao for the phrase "tayong lahat" — a statement of connectedness and unity the class aims to make apparent with this project. Based on the experiences and insights generated from a community immersion trip to Marawi City, Lanao Del Sur, the lecture-exhibit will focus on the diverse aspects of Marawi — Maranao culture, its performing arts, and community life beyond the lens of conflict and war — most of which are glossed over in mainstream media. Through stories and perspectives of the people of Marawi, the theme aims to highlight unity among people that transcends the boundaries of religion, culture, politics and geography. The exhibit will also feature a small collection of traditional Maranao arts and crafts, garments and other items.


The lecture will discuss the preservation of Maranao culture and traditions, its performing arts, and its community life beyond the lens of conflict and amidst the challenges of modernization and Westernization. It will be delivered by Prof. Fatima Marohombsar of the Mindanao State Univeristy – Marawi Campus.

Exhibit Sections

Mga Kwento ng Marawi: Voices from the Ground

Visions of the Future: Community Art in a Madrasah

Para sa Bata: The State of Madaris Education in Marawi City

Tahanan: Yearning for Home in Marawi

Cultural Gatekeepers: The Richness of the Maranao Tradition and Performing Arts

Likhang Kamay: Traditional Maranao Arts and Craftsmanship

Heart of Marawi: Environmental Preservation and the Lake Lanao Watershed


The Speaker

Prof. Fatima Marohombsar is the Chairperson of the Department of International Relations at the King Faisal Center for Islamic, Arabic and Asian Studies, Mindanao State University – Marawi Campus.

The Organizers

The event is organized by the PS 201 (Philippines in Asia and the Pacific) class, 1st Semester A.Y. 2019-2020, under Assistant Professor Henelito A. Sevilla, Jr., PhD. The course aims to offer a critical analysis and evaluation of the Philippines as a complex society and polity. It explores aspects of Filipino identity and culture, and locates the Philippines and its historical and cultural ties with other countries in Asia.        

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